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What I've been reading while I've been confined to bed

Centre Island Ferry

Centre Island Ferry

I'm currently laid up in bed with a possible ACL tear all I've been able to do is read. So here are some of the things I've read this week. 

The myth of Beaumont-Hamel: How Newfoundland’s tragic death march became a noble advance by Joe O'Connor for the National Post
Every nation has it's founding myths and for the people of Newfoundland that myth comes from the battlefields of France. O'Connor quotes historian Robert Harding: "World War I might have been Canada’s road to national maturity, but it ended Newfoundland’s national potential...From this Canadian perspective, Beaumont-Hamel is a reminder to Newfoundlanders of their country’s mortal wounding.”

Centre of Canada? Been there, done that by Meagan Campbell for Maclean's
Meagan Campbell attended my alma mater, University of King's College, but I wasn't lucky enough to meet her while I was there. She recentlyl traveled to the centre of Canada for Maclean's and wrote about it. It's a great article and I'd recommend another one of her pieces "The loneliness of a losing candidate," which was one of my favourite articles of last year.

Buzzfeed eliminates Canadian political coverage by Peter Sterne for Politico
Canada's media landscape is in a constant state of flux and now it has changed once again. Vice recently pulled out of covering Parliament Hill and now Buzzfeed Canada's two person bureau has joined them. Politico reports that "[Paul] McLeod will move to Buzzfeed's Washington bureau. [Emma] Loop is deciding whether to follow McLeod to Washington or leave the company." 

Inside account of Labour MPs’ attacks on Jeremy Corbyn by Tom Mctague for Politico
With the Brexit come and gone it's almost easy to overlook the political chaos left in its wake. PM David Cameron has resigned and Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing an internal revolt. Mctague has the full coverage of Labour MP's grievances.  

The Marriage That Led to the Russian Track Team’s Olympic Ban by John Brant for The New York Times Magazine
Finally, I present a long form piece from NYMag that chronicles how one marriage, between a Russian track star and an anti-doping agent, changed Russia's fortunes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

What I’ve been reading the week of Feb 8, 2016 (kind of)

Winter here in Halifax

Winter here in Halifax

Yes. I know it’s a day late. Sorry but time just got away of me. This will be a catch all week for this feature so I won’t necessarily stick to the week. I’m starting my magazine workshop this week so I’ll post some more info on that later this week. On to the good reads:

Newspaper Adviser Is Fired After Students’ Scoop Roils Maryland Campus
Mike McPhate – New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/11/us/mount-st-marys-university-firings.html?referer=https:/www.google.ca/&_r=0

This is an interesting case of what can happen when you chase the big story. Sometimes people can get caught in the crossfire. The story this paper published is undoubtedly an important one to tell. The comments of the school’s president are especially disturbing. However, it may all end on a good note.  

The rise of the Islamic State doomed Rand Paul’s presidential chances
Chris Cillizza – Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/03/how-the-rise-of-isis-killed-rand-pauls-presidential-chances/

Chris Cillizza is going to be a regular fixture in this blog, mostly because he’s one of my favourite writers. This came out right after Rand Paul withdrew from the GOP presidential race and it’s an interesting look at how his campaign was doomed for his stance on foreign policy.

Jian Ghomeshi trial: When #BelieveTheVictims meets #DueProcess
Neil Macdonald – CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/due-process-neil-macdonald-1.3446739

Here is analysis about the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Now, this legal case has dominated the Canadian news cycle for the last few weeks. It’s opened up numerous discussions about how our legal system treats victims of sexual assault. I’m not sure what the correct answer is but the article provides some legal context about why our system has to act like this.

Canada’s two-tier system: Syrians not the only ones fleeing adversity at home, experts and refugees say
Michelle McQuigge – The National Post via The Canadian Press
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadas-two-tier-refugee-system-syrians-not-the-only-ones-fleeing-adversity-at-home-experts-and-migrants-say

Immigration, as I mentioned in the last iteration of this series, is a topic I’m very interested in. This details how even though Canada is doing its best to bring over as many Syrian refugees as possible other refugees are falling through the cracks.

The Heresies of Donald Trump
Yoni AppelBaum – The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/the-republicans-debate-in-greenville/462750/

Have you been watching the GOP debates? Well if you haven’t you should. It is great television and I don’t think that you could write this script even if you tried. Here is a nice long analysis of everything that Donald Trump did wrong in the latest GOP debate. 

Some extended time off

Looking out on the water at Point Pleasant Park, NS.

Looking out on the water at Point Pleasant Park, NS.

Hey guys late post on this but I thought I'd let you know why I haven't been posting this past week. Over Christmas my grandmother passed from some health complications and I haven’t really felt up to putting myself out there on this blog. I’m hoping to get back on a roll in the next couple days.  Until then here is a couple things that I’ve been reading over the last week.

What I've been reading this week

El Chapo Speaks – Sean Penn – Rolling Stone
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/el-chapo-speaks-20160109

Lets start off with the thing that everyone has been reading. Sean Penn’s weirdly written and oddly edited monstrosity that was the exploration of El Chapo. It’s a weird piece of work that if it wasn’t so timely probably should have been edited a more. I really did not need to know about Penn’s flatulence but don’t worry it’s in there.

The problem with Rolling Stone’s El Chapo interview isn’t Sean Penn. It’s his editors. – Kelly McBride – Poynter
http://www.poynter.org/2016/the-problem-with-rolling-stones-el-chapo-interview-isnt-sean-penn-its-his-editor/391285/

This is a follow up to the previous piece on El Chapo. It examines the ethics of allowing Sean Penn/ El Chapo almost complete control of the article.

The Dress Code for Power Lunching at the Four Seasons – John Ortved – The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/04/style/07LAAR-FourSeasons.html?_r=2

The New York Times did a series of mini profiles of lunch goers at the four seasons. It’s worth a read if only to see the variety of cool outfits and thoughts from celebrities. Henry Kissinger also apparently has no time to deal with the New York Times, which I found hilarious.

Ambulance fees cause heavy damage to the sick and injured – Moira Donovan – The Coast
http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/ambulance-fees-cause-heavy-damage-to-the-sick-and-injured/Content?oid=5139359

This is a good read about the state of health care in Nova Scotia and how much it costs for an ambulance. A little bit terrifying as a new resident of the province but definitely a good thing to take note of.